Stiff upper lips not always good for you

sitting_on_curb_holding_sign_12927The stiff upper lip, admired by generations of emotionally retarded men, could have a negative impact on your mental health.

The fact is that being stoic only works if events are completely outside your control.

If they aren’t then controlling your emotions, also known by psychologists as “cognitive reappraisal“, can lead to higher levels of depression , according to research at Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania.

So it’s important to control what you can and have the wisdom to know what you can’t – and not waste energy stressing about it.

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